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Definitions to The Words You Don't Know

An excellent glossary to Herman Melville's book.

Explanations of the Allusions You Missed

There are a number of complex webs of allusion in Billy Budd. This dedicated professor has chased down the vast majority of them for you.

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Herman Melville, Spinner of Sea Yarns

A photo of the renowned author. Note how confident and upright he looks, and remember that this is before his career took a nosedive. Why do we keep this image in our heads instead of the aged Melville, poor and alone?

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